Emcees Jana Katsuyama and Mike Inouye

Jana Katsuyama, reporter, KTVU Fox 2

Jana Katsuyama is an award-winning journalist who has been part of the Bay Area’s KTVU Channel 2 News team since April 2007 as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Jana has reported live from Tokyo in the days following the Tohoku Japan earthquake and tsunami, presenting stories with Bay Area connections as people began to evacuate during the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Jana has been honored with multiple Emmy Awards, Associated Press awards in California and in Ohio for Best Enterprise Reporting and Best Writing, as well as awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Peninsula Press Club. She was part of the KTVU Ten O’Clock News team that won a National Edward R. Murrow Award. Prior to KTVU, Jana worked at WDTN, an NBC affiliate in Ohio, as well as KBJR in Duluth, Minnesota.
She has been emcee for the Nichi Bei Foundation’s Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival since it began in 2011.

Jana graduated from Oberlin College with Honors, majoring in English Literature and East Asian Studies. She worked in Japan for the Japanese government’s JET Program before pursuing her career in broadcast journalism.


Mike Inouye, traffic anchor, NBC Bay Area

South Bay native Mike Inouye is the Traffic Anchor for NBC Bay Area and can be seen weekday mornings on “Today in the Bay.” His career roadmap has been varied, to say the least. Raised a local farmer, he simultaneously lived lives in the high-tech world of computers and internet, as well as professional comedian, finally ending up here as your traffic guy.
As a professional comedian, Mike has appeared at clubs ranging from the Comedy Store© in Hollywood to ComedySportz© San José. He still performs on occasion as a professional improvisational comedian and you may have heard his voice-over acting in a number of video games over the years.
His news career has garnered three RTNDA awards for his traffic reporting, two Emmy awards for his morning news team, and a dozen additional Emmy nominations including one for his work on “Dreams to Dust,” a 2008 documentary on the World War II Japanese American incarceration experience.
Mike is an alumnus of Mountain View High School and a proud product of the Bay Area where he, his wife and two kids have always called home.